Presentation on theme: "Being Faithful To Death. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear,"— Presentation transcript:
Being Faithful To Death
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines courage as “the strength of purpose that enables one to withstand fear or difficulty. Physical courage is based on moral courage - a reliance on the presence and power of God and a commitment to His commandments.”
The noun tharsos refers to “courage.” The adjective euthumos, occurring once, is descriptive of one who is “cheerful, in good spirits.” The adverb euthumōs is descriptive of action performed “cheerfully.”
The verb eupsucheō means “to be heartened, be glad, to be of good courage.” The verb euthumeō means “to be of good cheer, keep up one’s courage.” The verb tharreō means “to have certainty in a matter, be confident, be courageous.”
The verb tharseō means “to be firm or resolute in the face of danger or adverse circumstances, be enheartened, be courageous.” The verb tolmaō means “to show boldness or resolution in the face of danger, opposition, or a problem, dare, bring oneself to (do something).”
Sometimes the Greek words elsewhere translated “courage” are used negatively to communicate caution. Rather than being “foolhardy,” being faithful to death requires carefulness and caution.
We must evidence caution in our attitude toward God (Acts 7:30-34; Exod. 3:1-12; Eccl. 5:1-7). We must evidence caution in our attitude toward others (Jude 8-10; Deut. 34:1-8; 1 Pet. 3:8-12). We must evidence caution in our attitude toward self (2 Cor. 10:7-13; 3:1-3; 5:11-15).
Frequently, the Greek words translated “courage” communicate the concept of confidence. We must be firm and resolute in the face of danger and difficulty.
We must evidence courage in the proclamation and practice of truth (2 Cor. 10:1-6; 2 Tim. 4:1-8; Jude 3-4). We must evidence courage in persecution of the present (John 16:23-33; Acts 14:21-22; 2 Tim. 3:10-17). We must evidence courage in our prospects for the future (2 Cor. 5:1-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 21:1-8).
Let us be mindful of the challenge that God made to Joshua, and the challenge that Joshua made to Israel (Josh. 1:6-9; 24:14-15). Are we going to be Christ-like or carnal? Will we be courageous or cowardly? Will we be faithful or fearful?
Will we hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your master,” or will Christ say, “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 25:14-30)?